Is your family in for a treat this weekend! There are so many great festivals and activities throughout Southern California that you just won’t be able to chose just one thing to do! There is everything you can imagine: from art, to spring, to old time music, to pirates, to stomping grapes at the Sicilian Festival. And if that’s still not enough, head up to Orange County for a Greek Festival, a spring carnival, or the Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival. Have fun trying to decide on what your family will do.

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San Diego

SpringFest 2013
Kids will enjoy the carnival, pony rides, inflatables, rock climbing wall and dunk tank.  Have fun at the booths featuring displays by local civic and commercial groups, three stages featuring local musical talent during the day along with other demonstrations throughout the park. Fri. – Sat., 5:00 – 10:00 pm, Allied Gardens Community Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Festival of the Arts
The entire family will enjoy the North Park Festival of Arts. Have fun with the  craft vendors, fine arts exhibitors, dance, music, hands-on art activities and demonstrations, and much more. Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, North Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Pirate Days
Bring the kiddos for this celebration that includes a costume contest, carnival games, cannon firings, weapon demonstrations, sword fights, mermaid grotto and scavenger hunt for pirate treasure. Kids and adults who wear pirate or mermaid costumes to the event will receive a $2 admission discount. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Maritime Museum of San Diego, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Sicilian Festival
The San Diego’s Sicilian American community invites everyone to “Eat, Drink & Be Sicilian” for a day as part of the 20th Annual Sicilian Festival. Food booths representing the many restaurants in Little Italy will line the streets, serving up Sicilian specialties of all varieties. All children’s activities are free and include a large inflatable slide, puppet theatre shows, face painting, and many other activities to keep the bambini entertained throughout day.  Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Little Italy, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Endangered Species Day Celebration
Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for kids  to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions that people can take to help protect our nation’s disappearing wildlife and last remaining open space. Kiddos will enjoy a multitude of information from on-site gardening staff and free tours. Fri., 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, San Diego Botanic Gardens, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

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Going Global Day
Join KPBS, the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum and the Girl Scouts of San Diego for an exciting event exploring world cultures. Enjoy traditional performances, ethnic foods, and informational displays about communities and issues from around the world. Sat., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, Free – $6. All ages. Event details.

Community Band Festival
In celebration of the Armed Forces, the Community Band Festival features live, patriotic music, concert bands from San Diego County and from as far away as Arizona, music vendors, walk through the arts and crafts market, and ride the steam locomotive train for a nominal fee. Sat. and Sun., 11:00 am – 7:30 pm, Old Poway Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

St. Joachim Spring Fair
The fair is right around the corner! Enjoy great food, rides, entertainment, raffles, a kids talent show, and more. Fri. – Sun., 1:00 – 9:00 pm, St. Joachim Catholic Church, Free. All ages. Event details.

Greek Festival
Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Greece at the OC Greek Fest: St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church’s Annual Greek Food Festival celebrating the food, music, and culture of Greece! Authentic Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries; traditional Greek dancing and Greek music; an outdoor marketplace and expansive “Kidz Zone” with carnival rides & games and other children’s activities, and much more. Fri. – Sun., 12:00 – 10:00 pm, St. John Greek Orthodox Church, $3 admission. All ages. Event details.

Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival
The Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival is a cultural and historical event that includes exhibitions, food, art craft, performances, dances and live music activities. More than 45,000 people from United States and around the world attend the four-day event each year. Thurs. – Sun., 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, OC Fair and Event Center, $6 – $20 (free for kids 0 – 6). All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Heading to an outdoor festival?

–Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of  the San Diego Sicilian Festival’s Facebook page